Lay-Z-Spa Vs Hard Shell Hot Tubs

Hot tubs are a great way to relax and unwind at home and they also offer a variety of physical and mental benefits too. Ultimately, having a hot tub at home is a luxury item whichever way you look at it. If you're trying to choose between an inflatable hot tub and a solid hot tub, there are realistically just a few differences in affordability, longevity and features.   

Benefits of a Lay-Z-Spa Inflatable Hot Tub over a Hard Shell Hot Tub

Lay-Z-Spa inflatable hot tubs are an affordable way of having hot tub luxury at home. Everything you need comes in the box and you can easily install everything yourself without professional help. They can be set up and taken down quickly, making them a great option for those who want to enjoy the benefits of a hot tub without the commitment of a permanent structure. Additionally, inflatable hot tubs are often much more compact, making them a great option for those with limited space, and can be used both indoors and outdoors. 

Hard shell hot tubs are built from materials such as fiberglass or acrylic making them solid, more durable and long-lasting than inflatable hot tubs. They do require a yearly service and sitting in the elements year upon year upon year, they can experience wear & tear such as weathered and worn out covers, broken jets and even hairline cracks that can all be costly to fix or replace. It is worth considering that hard-sided hot tubs are large, heavy items that require careful consideration and planning on how you'll actually get and install into your garden and they are a permanent fixture. So, if you do have a small outdoor space, you'll lose that space forever. Then, there's the issue of moving house. You'll need to go through plenty of hassle again if you want to take it with you.

Cost Comparison

When it comes to cost, inflatable hot tubs are significantly more affordable than hard shell hot tubs. Lay-Z-Spa inflatable hot tubs start from a few hundred pounds and even the more premium Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs are less than half the price of an introductory level hard shell hot tub, which would probably only have a small capacity.

Inflatable hot tubs can be setup out of the box without any professional help. Hard shell hot tubs require specialist installation, which may or may not be included in the purchase price, and you may encounter challenges in actually getting the hot tub into your garden. Sometimes they require a crane, which can be costly, and cranes also need access too. You'll also need some professional help with electrics, which is an extra expense.

Lay-Z-Spa Hot TubHard Shell Hot Tub
Initial Purchase Cost*£500 - £1300 £3,000 - 16,000 
Installation Cost£0 or £130 - £200 if you need to have an external plug fitted£250 - £400 for wiring
£200 - £1,000 crane hire
Recommended Annual Service£0£150 - 300 or monthly plans from £25 - £50
Annual filters and Water Care£50 - £100£250 - £300
*On occasion, you can find these products on offer at a lower price

Affordable Features of a Lay-Z-Spa Inflatable Hot Tub

Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs include a range of premium features as standard that you would get with a solid hot tub. This includes practical and energy-saving features such as the power-saving timer to Freeze Shield™. Lay-Z-Spa has both AirJets (creating the soothing bubbles) and HydroJets (targeted massage jets) to provide affordable hydrotherapy at home. What about seats? Several Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs have integrated seating and we have a seat accessory too. Contrary to what some may think, no it isn't like sitting in a paddling pool. Lay-Z-Spa hot tubs have a thick cushioned base that creates a very comfortable surface to relax on. Some might argue, more comfortable than the hard slippery surface of a hard-sided hot tub.

Hard shell hot tubs can offer a variety of seemingly appealing features such as built-in speakers with Bluetooth functionality etc. You have to consider whether it is worth investing several hundreds more for some Bluetooth speakers that might not be as good as the ones you're used to.

Inflatable of Hard Shell Hot Tub Verdict

Ultimately, the choice between an inflatable hot tub and a hard shell hot tub comes down to personal preference, lifestyle, and affordability. Inflatable hot tubs are a great option for those who want a more affordable and portable hot tub, while hard shell hot tubs are a better option for those who want a more permanent and durable hot tub. Regardless of which type you choose, be sure to consider your budget, space requirements, and maintenance needs to ensure you make the best decision.